Malaysian Government’s Scholarships to International Students in various fields

With ever increasing demand for talented professionals, countries across the world are investing in education to raise their pool of highly skilled human capital.

Malaysian government sponsored Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS) has been setup to offer scholarships to students from across the world for studying advanced level courses in the country. Main purpose of this scholarship program is to attract the best brains from around the world and later motivate them to stay back and work in the country.

There are two types of scholarships viz. Postgraduate and Post-doctoral Studies under this program offered to international students (below 45 years of age) with excellent academic records and outstanding co-curricular backgrounds. The selected students can pursue their studies in any selected reputed public and private Malaysian universities.


Areas of studies that are given priority for these scholarships include Science and Engineering, Agriculture and Fisheries, Economics and Islamic Finance, Information and Communication Technology, Biotechnology, Biosecurity and Food Safety, Infrastructure and Utility, Environmental Studies, and Health including but not limited to, nursing, medicine, clinical pharmacy.


  • To be eligible for Malaysia International Scholarship (MIS), applicants must fit the following criteria:-
  • Not be more than 45 years of age during application.
  • Obtained a minimum of Second Class Upper (Honours) or a CGPA of 3.5/4.0 at Bachelor Degree Level for Masters Degree applicants and for PhD candidates must possess CGPA 3.5/4.0 or very good result at Masters degree level in a similar field of intended PhD study. In addition, for post-doctoral programme, the selection will be evaluated based on the number of books produced, refereed/non refereed journals, portfolio and patent copyright. The Post-Doctoral candidate must have excellent reputation in research and possesses knowledge related to the research to be carried out.
  • Took one of the following English Language Proficiency Test not more than two years before the date of application. The list of tests and minimum scores required:
    • i) IELTS Academic Test with a score of at least 6.5; or
    • ii)  TOEFL paper-based test with a score of at least 580 or computer-based test with a score of at least 230 or internet-based test with a score at least 92.
  • In excellent health condition and certified by a Certified Doctor/Medical Professional. The cost of medical examination is to be borne by the applicants
  • Wrote a proposal that is relevant to the needs and interests of Malaysia (research-based programme only)
  • Has applied for and gained admission to postgraduate and post-doctoral studies in Malaysia (conditional letters of offer will be accepted at the time of application or has a confirmation of acceptance or affiliation with the universities in Malaysia).


Each scholarship consists of:-

  • Air tickets from recipient’s capital city to Malaysia
  • An approved tuition fees
  • Monthly maintenance allowance
  • Annual grant for books and internal travel
  • Medical / Health Insurance
  • Installation and Termination grant
  • Thesis allowance (will be paid at the beginning of research (after proposal defense) and the balance will be paid only upon submission of the thesis) – For PhD and Post-Doctoral only
  • A conference travel grant and journal publication grant (PhD and Post-Doctoral only)

The candidates have to fill the application form online starting April 2011, and accordingly the eligible ones will be instructed. For application procedure, selection criteria, and other details, please visit the link.


  1. Bright M. Tull says:

    Dear Sir,

    I am 28years old, from Malawi, a First Degree Holder from the University of Malawi. I woul like you to help me how i can get a scholarship to study either Electronics or Information technology, to complement my Social science Degree.

    I have hope that you are going to help me realise my dream.
    Yours faithful

    Bright M. Tull


    I am a BA holder graduated from the University of The Gambia in 2008 and hope to pursue a Masters Degree in ICT in Malaysia. I would be grateful if you can offer me scholarship. I am currently faced with financial difficulties to pay for my studies as Government scholarships are hard to come by.

    I would appreciate your kind responds.

    Best regards!


  3. Gbemileke says:

    I am a high school result holder, and i wish to get admission in Malaysia, i will be very greatful to win the scholarship.

  4. my name is ayan abdi,i am 19 years old djiboutian girl, graduated from high school in 2010 in djibouti, up to now cant pursuit my studies coz lack of finances,i really like to get my BA degree in malaysia.
    i will be grateful to have your response as soon as possible.

    ayan abdi osman

  5. Nash Des says:

    I am a Zimbabwean man and would like to study Masters in Law related areas and/International Relations. Will such courses be covered by the scholarships you are offering.

  6. Hello

    I would like to know the application deadline?

    Best regards

  7. PENINAH says:

    i am of kenyan nationality orphan.completing my degree in commerce with banking and finance as a major.i wish to pursue further do i apply?

  8. Md. Abdul Momin says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have completed my MS in horticulture with CGPA 3.5/4.
    My previous exam results was all first class (> 60% marks)
    Now I wanna enrolled PhD in a horticulture related subject.
    I have no TOFEL/IELTS yet. what can I do now?

  9. Dr. Mohammad Jiaul Hoque says:

    I did my Ph.D on Skill Development of Agricultural Extension Workers in Bangladesh from Japan three years before. I am very interested to study in Malaysia. In such situation may I make a humble request to you to manage a Post-doc programme in UPL or any others in Malaysia.

    With the best regards
    Dr. M. Jiaul Hoque
    Associate Professor
    Dept. of Agril. extension Education
    Bangladesh Agricultural University

  10. Dr. Bernard Onoja says:

    I am a veterinary surgeon, i have an MSc in human virology. Want to do a PhD in virus research that deals with bat studies. Can i get scholrship in any human virology /molecular department? Pls link me up with researchers working on Nipah virus. Also do i need TOFEL even though our official language used is english?

  11. Divine Shutang Mikwa says:

    I a Cameroonian aged 31 currently teaching chemistry .i hold a diploma in chemistry education and a Bsc in chemistry .i will like to know if am qualified for your scholarship programs.i wish to further my education in petroleum engineering or chemical engineering

  12. Kalama Mwachiro says:

    Iam a kenyan aged 43 and holder of first (degree upper second class hons). I currently work for the Government public extension servises with the ministry of livestock development. I wish to undertake a masters degree in economics of livestock production in malaysia. Please advise me on the way forward.

  13. Dear Sir/ Madam,
    Allow me to express my gratitude for the scholarship by Malaysia to developing countries, we all can learn from this gesture and try to emulate it in our own countries.
    I am a graduate from the Limkokwing University of Malaysia, 2009, BBA lower.3.45 CGPA. Am very much interested in the scholarship, to do a masters in economics. I have one question , concerning the qualifications for the scholarship, ( the TOFEL- English exam)
    Even after i have been a student, taught in English language in one of your universities, do i still have to first do another English exam?
    I look forward to your answer to my question.
    thank you.

  14. Dear sir/madam,

    i am a muslim girl age of 21,from kenya.i completed my high school in 2010 and i would like to persue with my studies in Malysia.
    i hope you will help me.

  15. yangrey says:

    Dear sir,
    I am from Bhutan and i would like to apply for scholarship from your foundation.I did my secondary High School till 12 standard in Bhutan.It would be grateful if sir could help me.

  16. Joy Agbo says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I wish to apply for Malaysian Government Scholarship to anable me persue master’s degree in Economics in any of the Malaysian’s Universities.I’m a Ghanaian and I hold Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Mathematics- Statistics (1st Class Honours) and Higher National Diploma in Statistics.I hope this offer would anable me to contribute my quota to the development of Malaysia and Ghana.
    I would be greatful if giving the opportunity.
    Thank you.
    Best regards.

  17. Mohammed yameen says:

    dear sir it is very good apportunity for international student to get good education environment in malaysia.i am very th ank ful to your kindness thx..

  18. OKE AYODELE says:

    Dear sir/ma,
    my name is oke ayodele moses from nigeria,i have finished my B.SC in Business Administration,when i red through your scholarship programme,i was so excited! its a great opportunity to continue my education career. i would be very greateful if i can be considered for the programme,to enable me have my master and ph.d.


    I am Ghanaian and read through your scholarship program and want to apply to come.
    I am to pursue Agriculture or nursing into any universities in Ghana.
    Please see if you can get me any of such universities that offer degree in Agric. or Nursing in your county for me I will be very happy.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

  20. I am a Zimbabwean lady who turned 45 this year 2011 and would like to study Masters in International relations or Developmental studies.Will these course be covered by the scholarships you are offering

  21. Albert Chivweta says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am an Accounntant in the Ministry of education in Zambia and have done the Licentiate level of the Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants here in Zambia. I would like to have a degree in Acountancy and Finance and so are interested in your scholarships. May you advice the schools offering a degree in Accountancy in your country and how I can access your scholarships

  22. Henry Julius says:

    My name is Henry Julius and third year student in the Institute of Public Administration and Management of the University of Sierra Leone West Africa. I am presently studying BSc Applied Accounting General. My dream now is to get this opportunity to study or further my course in either in Accounting or Administration in your University or any other part of the world. My big problem is finance since for the past years I have worked for different Organizations with very low income which cannot help me get good education. I am kindly asking that you consider me for your scholarship programme. Hope to hear from you soon

  23. Tausi Granie says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Iam a ugandan completed my Bachelors degree in Social Work and Social Administration, i want to pursue a masters degree since the world is now competitive and women have to struggle for the fittest kindly help me to get a second degree to fit in this advanced world. I got a second class upper from Makerere University

  24. Mahammad ii hassan abass says:

    to whom it concern

    I mahammad ii hassan abass nationality djiboutian (horn africa) gratuated in indian university by bachelor in business adminstration(BBA) specialized in financial management and want to proceed islamic finance
    i am kindly request to know the procedure for malysian scholar ship

  25. Gul Badshah says:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am from Afghanistan and I have just completed my B.Com(Bachlor of Commerce).I want to study further but it is not possible for me for a number of reasons.I will be lucky if I was sellected for the Scholorship to study further
    Gul Badshah

  26. Motia Seehar says:

    Hello Sir/Madam,
    I have done my bachelors in Pharmacy and also done MBA so i want to avail any scholarship in Malaysia and want to complete my Masters in Pharmacy. Please suggest me any good university in Malaysia under scholarship, i have also given IELTS and scored 6.0 in Feb 2011.

  27. Mubiru Rogers says:

    i am 23 years of age, ugandan by nationality, i completed my ordinary diploma in computer engineering of kyambogo university uganda with an upper second class and would like your kind aid so that i can upgrade to an bachelors degree in either telecom or computer science your kind intervetion will be highly appreciated.

  28. MEENA RADIO says:

    Hi Dear Sir/Madam,
    That is great, I am Zabihullah Noorzai and I am working as Deputy Director in Meena Radio and some other media in Afghanistan as you know media has connection with every thing specially with this scholar. So that’s a very good news for me and I am very interest to this scholar and I hope that you give me a chance to be one of the members for this scholarship.
    Zabihullah Noorzai
    Afghan journalist


    Respected Sir/or Mam,

    I ,am from ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN,I got some valued information about
    Malaysian Government’s Scholarships to International Students in various fields from some N.G.O’S here in pakistan,
    and would like to study Engineering, in Malaysia.

    Eductional Status:Diploma of associate Engineering in ELECTROINCS THERE YEARS IN 2007 ,Frist Division
    And profesional Traning There years of apprenticeship in Aerospace from P.I.A From 21-4-2008 t0 12-4-2011 on job Traning on Boeing 747-200/300 while ground in ISPHANI HANGER P.I.A.Engineerring,or completed computer repairing AND OFFICE AUTOMATION OR MOBIL PHON Repairing corsses from sind bord of technicals,
    Other’s International English Language Testing System (ILTS0 in jan 2007 score 5.0 Bands ,
    sir, is there any option to study aerospace Engineering in your university or any university in malaysia,
    thanking you sir.

  30. dr rudraksh says:

    i just finished my dentistry (undergraduation) and want to go for a masters and phd programme so can you please tell me how to apply ….

  31. Md. Abdur Rashid Sikder says:

    Dear Sir,


    I’m from Bangladesh and would like to study PhD in Malaysia. I have my second home in Malaysia under MM2H program.
    My age is 55+ and have had a long experience in the field of Agriculture, Disaster preparedness, Adaptation to climate change.

    I have been awarded master degree in Agricultural Economics from BAU, Mymensingh (Public university) and second degree in Urban and Regional Planning from BUET, Dhaka (public university)
    Is there any option to study PhD in your university or any University in Malaysia?

    I’ll be happy to have your response asap.
    With kind regards,

    Md. Abdur Rashid Sikder

  32. tehseen ul hadi says:

    sir With do respect it is stated that i have completed my pharm d(doctor of pharmacy). I want to boost up my self for higher studies please kindly me schlorship .I shall be thankful to you. besides this i am disable your kind appraciation is needed .